Ski resorts near New York City
Whether you want a snow day or a luxurious escape, these wintry destinations deliver.
Fri Jan 21 2011
Four hours away
The closest big Vermont mountain, Mount Snow has more going for it than mere proximity to NYC: It offers 80 trails spread across four mountain faces in the gorgeous Green Mountain National Forest and, in addition to 467 skiable acres of developed terrain, all of the woods within the resort's boundaries are open for tree-skiing. A whopping 40 intermediate runs make it a great choice for confident-but-leisurely shredders. While first-timers will appreciate gentle slopes, like the popular three-mile Long John trail, adrenaline junkies needn't feel left out—there's plenty of ungroomed tree terrain on North Face and, in the consistently top-ranked Carinthia (the only all-terrain-park mountain face in the east), ten parks full of rails, jumps and pipes. If you're still looking for thrills after the lifts stop running at 4pm, consider some evening tubing at Mount Snow's ten-lane park (Mon, Thu, Sun 11am–5pm; Fri, Sat 11am–7pm; 90 minutes $20) or opt for a snowmobile tour through the pristine forest at dusk (800-627-7533, snowmobile-tours.com; one hour $70–$95). Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $75, weekends and holidays $83. Equipment rental: full-day $39. Two-hour group lesson $48.
Getting there: A round-trip ticket with OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) costs just $100, including your lift ticket; buses depart from several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Where to stay: SAVE At the homey 24-room B&B Big Bears Lodge (344 Rte 100, West Dover, VT; 800-388-5591, bigbearslodge.com; $80–$220 per night), you can fill up on hearty country fare, like homemade blueberry pancakes, French toast and bacon, before hopping on the free shuttle for the quarter-mile ride to the lifts. The quad rooms, starting at $160 per night, are a budget-friendly group option.
SPLURGE You can't get any closer to the slopes than at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel (89 Mountain Rd, West Dover, VT; 800-462-4780; $343–$623), a full-service ski-in/ski-out beauty at the base of the mountain. Nearly half of the 198 rooms and suites feature kitchenettes and all have access to the health club and a luxe spa for postski pampering. Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 15 percent off any available room through April 8, 2011 (excludes holidays; reservation must be made by February 20).
Even well-traveled snow snobs can't complain about the top-notch grooming and quality of the white stuff at this south-central Vermont favorite. High-powered snow guns cover 96 percent of the 119 trails and glades that span the resort's five mountains, and with terrain evenly divided among novice, intermediate and advanced levels, there's something for everyone (including stunt-loving boarders, who can perform tricks on six terrain parks and a 500-foot-long superpipe). Those looking for more of a cardio challenge shouldn't miss the extensive network of sweat-inducing trails, manicured especially for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing (combination equipment–trail pass $37). But the best—and easiest—way to get your heart pumping might be a ride on the resort's new Timber Ripper roller-coaster ($9–$13), which zooms along the mountain's snow-covered contours at speeds of up 25 miles per hour and includes a hair-raising 375-foot vertical descent. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $77, weekends and holidays $84. Equipment rental: full-day $40. Two-hour group lesson: beginner $55, advanced $73.
Getting there: Day-trippers can hop on Snowboard Escape's (646-345-3649, snowboardescapes.com) fleet of buses, which depart from Chelsea every Saturday; the $100 round-trip fee includes your lift ticket.
Where to stay: SAVE Cash-strapped groups will appreciate the Timber Inn Motel (112 Rte 103 South, Ludlow, VT; 802-228-8666, timberinnmotel.com; $79–$279 per night). Many of the 18 basic rooms sleep up to five people, and a two-bedroom apartment can accommodate six ($179–$399). Widespread wood paneling makes a stay here feel like a throwback to sleepaway camp—one with a hot tub and sauna.
SPLURGE The 300 modern, country-chic rooms, studios and condos at Jackson Gore Village (480 Ranta Rd, Ludlow, VT; 866-538-0187, okemo.com; $298–$1,500 per night) are mere steps from the lifts, making the afternoon trek back to its heated outdoor pool, ski storage and in-house tavern a breeze.
Stratton might boast the highest peak in Southern Vermont—making for some sick steep runs—but with 36 of its 92 trails designated green, and 41 novice, it's a great choice for neophyte snow bunnies too. Plus, thanks to its four high-speed lifts, everyone spends less time waiting in line (and more time carving down the well-groomed slopes) than at other area resorts. That's especially good news for snowboarders, who have six top-rated terrain parks at their disposal, including the home of the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. If you and your buddies can pull yourself away from the 625 acres of skiable terrain, there's plenty more winter fun to be had nearby: Try the on-mountain tubing park (one hour $15) or guided snowshoeing tours (two hours plus rental $65), or cruise around the shops and restaurants of the picturesque base village. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $76, weekends and holidays $87. Equipment rental: weekdays full-day $34, weekends and holidays full-day $40. 105-minute group lesson: beginner $89 midweek, $94 weekends, $99 holidays; intermediate and advanced $49 midweek, $54 weekends, $59 holidays.
Getting there: OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) will get you there and back for $100 ($120 holidays), including your lift ticket, on Saturdays. Adventure Northeast (917-861-1800, adventurenortheast.com; round-trip $149) runs a daily bus service from the Upper West Side.
Where to stay: SAVE Yes, the Liftline Lodge (Stratton Mountain Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT; 800-787-2886, stratton.com; $59–$329) has seen better days, but for a centrally located place to rest your head at night—in the middle of Stratton's base village, just a stroll to the slopes—it can't be beat.
SPLURGE Just a five-minute walk from the lifts is Long Trail House (5 Village Lodge Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT; 800-787-2886, stratton.com; $119–$749), a collection of well-appointed studios and one- and two-bedroom condos, each equipped with a full kitchen and gas fireplace, along with hotel-caliber amenities like a guest concierge. Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive free skiing on the day of arrival through April 8, 2011 (excludes holidays).
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